This oracle continues the series on the nations round about ancient Israel. Moab was a cousin nation, of a similar racial and religious (originally) background. Moab opposed Moses and Israel from the time of Exodus. They supported the very cruel treatment given to Israel by her opponents. God does see and take note and act! Wait patiently is the New Testament corollary. (Revelation 13:10, 14:12)
* Gracious Lord, please show us Your word clear and bright today.
“We have heard of the pride of Moab – how proud he is! – of his arrogance, his pride, and his insolence; in his idle boasting he is not right.”
We see in this reading that Proverbs 16 is true not only for individuals but countries (and institutions, groups, entities),
“Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.”
We read Peter and James both telling us that God opposes the proud and gives grace and blessing to the humble (1 Peter 5, James 4).
This is good for us to be exhorted in as individuals, as we walk this road to glory.
But it is also good for us to wrestle with this in our groupings.
Our earthly families. Our church family. And too, the organisations we work for. Our politicians – Our countries!
Peter’s advice, God’s wisdom, is very apt,
“Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you,”
For God’s people, the final fulfillment of “the proper time” will be found in glory!
* Merciful Father,
We praise You for Your steadfast love and faithfulness!
Please mark us as a humble people Lord God, both in our walk with You and together as Your people however and whenever we meet.
This we pray.